Mer, rhymes with bear (merriehaskell) wrote,
Mer, rhymes with bear

TV isn't on my Bucket List

Dann and I were listening to a podcast we both enjoy on the way to dinner last night, and there was a mention of adding a TV show to a bucket list.

I pointed out I have no TV bucket list. In fact, there is no TV on any bucket list I have. There is nothing I can't live without watching. (This is not a dis on TV, because TV is a fundamental source of pleasure in my life, and frankly, a lot of it is quite good these days. I could live without TV, but I don't have to, so why would I?) But in my world view, bucket lists are about learning and doing and experiencing authentically, for oneself, not through the lens of someone else's eye and experience.

There are no books on my bucket list, by the same token, nor do I have a book bucket list. I read for the same reasons I watch TV, plus research. There are books I need to read to keep up with my genres and to write what I need to write, plus books I want to read for pleasure, so putting some musts and shoulds down on top of that just to say I've read them is no longer a possibility. I did stuff like that when I was younger. I'm over it.

I'll be 40 in 4.5 years. I'm starting to think about things I'll want to experience before then. There are things I've been trying to do for a few years that I'd like to get to: See Niagara Falls. Get back to the Grand Canyon and ride a mule down into it. Attain fluency in Spanish, at least to my French levels.

Add to that, visit South and Central America. Actually learn how to play chess, instead of poking at it. (If there were flowcharts for chess, I'd learn it a lot faster.)

But the goals are kind of nebulous, and a lot of things that were once on my life bucket list (that I wrote when I was 14) are either accomplished, or I learned enough to know I don't actually want to do them. And then there's writing research. I do so many things based on writing research, that it almost seems moot to have a list. I'll get to everything I need to get to, eventually. Right? Maybe?

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